The Indiana Pacers (30-25) will look to bounce back from their 111-102 loss to the Washington Wizards with a win against the Boston Celtics (40-16) on Friday. This will be a great test for Indiana considering how Boston has the NBA’s best defensive rating (100.0) by a 1.2 margin. Also, they almost took care of business in their first meeting but a late-game blunder resulted in a loss, so it would be good for them to finish the job in this meeting.
7:30 p.m ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.
TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Projected Starting Lineups
Pacers: Cory Joseph, Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, and Myles Turner.
Celtics: Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Aron Baynes.
Pacers: TJ Leaf: TBD (sore left calf), Darren Collison: out (left knee surgery), Glenn Robinson III: out (left ankle surgery rehab)
Celtics: Gordon Hayward: out (left ankle rehabilitation), Shane Larkin: out (right knee soreness), Marcus Smart: out (right-hand laceration)
Something to Watch
Pacers: Indiana needs to start taking care of winning teams if they are going to get serious about upsetting someone in the first round. To put their struggles into perspective, they have a 12-20 record (37.5% winning percentage) against teams with a below .500 record this season, which is the worst of any team that is currently in the playoff picture in either conference. They came ever so close to getting a win against the Celtics in their 112-111 loss back in December when Bojan Bogdanovic threw that unfortunate game-losing pass.
Celtics: There are a lot of things to watch about this Celtics team. It all starts with the All-Star Kyrie Irving as he is having a tremendous season with averages of 24.8 points and 5.0 assists. Al Horford is also an All-Star and he is averaging 13.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. Another component of this Boston squad to watch is their young wing players, Jaylen Tatum and Jaylen Brown. For reference, Tatum is averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.2 rebounds and Brown is averaging 14.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.
Last Five Games
The Pacers have a 3-2 record in their previous five games:
- February 5: Loss vs Washington Wizards (111-102)
- February 2: Win vs Philadelphia 76ers (100-92)
- February 1: Loss @ Charlotte Hornets (133-126)
- January 31: Win vs Memphis Grizzlies (105-101)
- January 29: Win vs Charlotte Hornets (105-96)
The Celtics have a 4-1 record in their previous five games:
- February 8: Win @ Washington Wizards (110-104 – OT)
- February 6: Loss @ Toronto Raptors (111-91)
- February 4: Win vs Portland Trail Blazers (97-96)
- February 2: Win vs Atlanta Hawks (119-110)
- January 31: Win vs New York Knicks (103-73)
FOX Sports Indiana: Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)
107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan: Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)
Television and Radio Local Listings
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